EURO-MED LABORATORIES hopes to continue the winning basketball tradition of its sister companies by joining the fledgling Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) that will open this October 11 (Sunday) at the Caruncho Complex beside the Pasig City Hall. Inspired by the success of the CafeFrance Bakers in the PBA D-League and the Centro Escolar University Scorpions in the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), Euro-Med will go for a decent showing under the guidance of youthful coach Efren “Yong” Garcia.
CEU stalwarts and recent PBA draftees Samboy de Leon and Alvin Abundo will lead the charge along with CafeFrance regulars Jam Cortes, Carl Bryan Cruz, Joseph Celso and Bong Galanza. Adding firepower will be Dan Alberto, Mar Villahermosa, Ael Banal, Christian Manalo and NAASCU Mythical Five member Sandy Cenal of Rizal Technological University.
Coach Garcia, who is fresh from piloting CEU to the NAASCU Juniors championship, is also awaiting the arrival of Paul Zamar, Pari Llagas, Jopher Custodio and Adrian Santos. He will be assisted on the bench by ex-MBA pro Lito Aguilar and Alwin Manalang with Edgar Macaraya as team consultant.
Other teams seeing action in the PCBL are Santa Lucia Realty, Jumbo Plastic, Foton-Pampanga, Supremo Lex Builders-Our Lady of Fatima and sister teams Caida Tiles and Kama Trucks. Games will be played at selected venues in Metro Manila, Bulacan and Pampanga.